3 DUI Charges You May Not Know About

Most often when someone hears DUI, they think of someone swerving between lanes or reacting slowly. However, the resulting behavior from driving under the influence can be a much scarier reality. In one case, a motorist faced 32 different counts for striking and killing a motorist while driving under the influence. Prior to the incident, the defendant had been found guilty of five different DUIs.

Other than the typical DUI charge most know about, there are three dangerous DUI charges every motorist should know about.

Aggravated DUI

A typical charge of driving under the influence holds some steep repercussions but an aggravated DUI goes beyond the usual sentences. The presence of aggravating factors enhances penalties either by increasing the range of possible sentence or by raising the charge to a higher level. Aggravating factors include:

  • Extremely high blood concentration (typically twice or more than the legal limit)
  • Presence of minors
  • Multiple DUI convictions
  • Suspended or revoked license
  • Excessive speed

Aggravated Assault by Vehicle

Under 75 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3735.1, violating DUI laws comes with higher level consequences when you negligently cause injury or harm to another person with your vehicle. In fact, the elevated charge often results in a second-degree felony. In this case, negligently means there was a duty of care that was not fulfilled. In the context of an aggravated assault by vehicle, speeding or running a red light can be considered negligence.

Homicide by Vehicle

This refers to unintentionally killing a person while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. The act can result in at least three years in prison, with many more if there is more than one victim. Even further, there are hefty fines that can cost up to $25,000.

If you are facing DUI charges, contact us online today. Our DUI charges attorneys at Erik B. Jensen Attorneys at Law understand how DUI charges in Pennsylvania work and how to best advocate on your behalf. We can help get charges dropped or lessened, and will work to ensure the best possible outcome for your case.